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Derrick Z. Jackson

US Targets 30,000 Megawatts of Offshore Wind. How We Get There

, Senior energy analyst

The Biden administration has just set a goal of 30,000 megawatts of US offshore wind by 2030, and that’s got me thinking about the pieces that need to come together to make that possible. And there sure are a lot of them. The good news is that there’s positive movement with a whole lot of those pieces.

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Wind turbine blades wind their way by train through Denver. Photo: Department of Energy photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

We Have an Infrastructure Plan

, Senior Energy analyst

The Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan is a vision, an outline, an actionable course for how to advance desperately needed change. It needs work. It needs to be pushed on scale, and on scope. But it’s a plan. Which means we now have a plan to build from, and a plan to build on. Let’s build. Read more >

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Investing in a Worker-Centered Federal Response to Energy Transition

, senior energy analyst

As we collectively work toward a clean energy economy, many advocates have started to recognize the need to address the disproportionate impact that such a transition will have on the workers and communities that depend on the fossil fuel industries to earn their livelihoods and power their economies. But what can policymakers do about it? And what should advocates be asking for?

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Xcel Energy decommissioned coal-fired power unit in Denver's Arapahoe Station.

What Xcel’s Western Coal Fleet Can Learn From its Northern One

, Senior Energy Analyst

Xcel Energy made a huge splash when, in 2018, it announced that it would be charting a path to 100 percent carbon-free electricity. But they didn’t necessarily win over everyone, including us at UCS. That’s because we know that goals (ambitious or otherwise) have to be judged by actions. The evidence so far is that Xcel isn’t as committed to its climate goals as it would like you (and the media) to think.

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The Texas Power Outages Were A “Wake-Up Call” Only Because Decisionmakers Everywhere Keep Hitting Snooze

, Senior Energy analyst

This February, a deep and sustained chill sent the Texas energy system into a week-long torpor, which set off a series of cascading failures that were devastating and deadly in their effect. This should not have been a “wake-up call,” but once again it was, because decisionmakers everywhere keep hitting snooze. It’s time to get it right. Read more >

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